Abigail – An Unlikely Hero


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

I. Who Is Abigail?

1 Samuel 25:1-3 - “Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.”

II. Why Did King David Get So Angry?

1 Samuel 25:10-13 - “And Nabal answered David's servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where? So David's young men turned away and came back and told him all this. And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.”

III. How Did Abigail Use Discernment To Save Her Husband and Her Family’s Life?

1 Samuel 25:23-31 - “When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant. Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live. If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling. And when the Lord has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince over Israel, my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord working salvation himself. And when the Lord has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant.”

IV. What Lessons Can We Learn From Abigail’s Story?

1. Sometimes God calls us to courageously fight for our families especially in the midst of tough situations.

2. A calm spirit and humility are two of the most effective ways to handle a difficult situation.

1 Peter 3:1-4 - “In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives. Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

3. Often times, it’s in life’s toughest situations that we see God do some of His best work.

Psalm 138:7 - “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”

Psalm 37:39 - “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.”

4.You don’t need to have a prestigious title to play a significant role in life or in ministry.

5. When you lean deeply into your relationship with Lord, you will find that He is all you need.

Group Questions:

Read the story of Abigail, 1 Samuel 25

Q1: Have you ever felt the need to fight for your marriage or family? If appropriate, share with the group.

Read 1 Peter 3:1-4

Q2: When confronting very difficult situations why is silence sometimes the best response?

Read Psalm 138:7 and Psalm 37:39

Q3: Have you been through a rough situation lately? Did you see God differently during that season? If so, how?

Read Psalm 25:10 and Psalm 103:17

Q4: Charles Stanley wrote, “God takes complete responsibility for a life that is totally yielded to him.” Do you think that is true? If so, why do you believe that?

Q5: Throughout this series we have seen how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. What extraordinary thing would you love to see God do through you?

Authentic community is one of the foundations of our groups. “Authentic” often means “messy”. Are you going through a tough, messy situation? How can your group pray for you this week?

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